How To Mind Map Your Priorities ~ Get more organized and balanced by creating an easy and fun to make visual mind map highlighting your priorities in life!
I can’t believe it is the end of January and we have already finished the first month of 2016! At the beginning of January it is really popular to make New Year’s resolutions. I like to take things one step further and use this time to stop and take a look at where I am in my life. I like to stop and take stock of all of the things that are important to me and make sure that these are the things I dedicate my time to. It is a fun and easy thing to do once a year!
I love collecting and organizing my thoughts and ideas using mind maps for several reasons. I love how making a mind map does not require any special materials. All you need is something to write on and something to write with. I also love how you can splash your ideas on the paper and they don’t have to be in a certain order. What I love the most about mind maps is I can see both the big picture and the supporting details at the same time. It makes a really great visual to create and use.
It makes a lot of sense that a mind map is a perfect way to identify and organize your priorities in life!
Why take the time to mind map your priorities? Life can get pretty busy for all of us. I remember when I was a busy full time working Mom I had to work really hard to juggle all of my responsibilities. I only had so much time and energy to do everything that needed to be done. I had to dedicate my time to the things that were essential and most important and let things slide that were not. Making a mind map identifying what was important was a nice road map of my life and a very handy visual reminder.
My life is little bit different now that my daughters have grown up and are in their twenties and I am not working as much. That is why I like to make a new priority mind map once a year and for me the end of January is the perfect time to do it. This was actually one of my first posts I wrote and I share that mind map in Organized Priorities. A lot of things have stayed the same and some things have either been omitted because they are no longer a priority and some things have been added.
The personal qualities that make me who I am and how I strive to conduct myself have stayed the same. My personal interests have adjusted a bit. I still love doing a lot of the same things but I let some go because I just don’t have the time. My work life has changed because I retired from my full time job as a classroom teacher. But I am still busy with a part time contract job where I work as a coach to brand new teachers and help them with their first year of teaching. It is a lot of fun to provide that support and watch them grow in their teaching skills and confidence. My family has shifted a bit. Both girls went away to university and are back at home now that they have graduated. We clearly are a boomerang family right at this time and that is quite OK with me. I love having them around.
I had to make some adjustments on my priority mind map in regards to health and wellness. I had a bit of a disappointing health issue show up that has impacted my fitness. I was diagnosed osteoarthritis in both of my knees. It is not debilitating and super painful at this time but I have to make choices that will not make it too uncomfortable and further deteriorate things too quickly. I am at home more now and I have to admit I quite like that part of my life. I added a new category with ways to make it my special place. I also added another category because I have always loved learning new things. I remember listening to Martha Stewart a long time ago during a TV interview and she shared that she likes to make a point of learning at least one new thing a day. I think it is a fun and fabulous idea and it is something I love to do too! That is why I added it to my priority mind map!
Here are the instructions for….
How To Mind Map Your Priorities
- 12” x 12” white scrapbook paper
- black fine point pen
- coloured fine point pens
Write “My Priorities” and the year in the middle. Make a cloud around the center heading. Use a black fine point pen for this step.
Choose which categories you want to include in your mind map. I included:
- Personal Qualities
- Personal Interests
- Personal Skills
- Health & Wellness
- Learning Home
Splash your categories on the paper in different locations around the middle title. Make sure you leave enough room between each subtitle to write specific details underneath.
Underline each category with a different coloured fine point pen.
Draw a line from each category title to the main title in the middle with a ruler using a black fine point pen.
List your priorities applicable to each category with the black pen.
Cloud each list and subtitle with a corresponding fine point pen.
Write your signature on the bottom and you have completed your mind map identifying your priorities for that year!
Final Comments For How To Mind Map Your Priorities: I find life can get so busy that when we are in middle of all of the busyness just trying to stay afloat it is often hard to see what we are doing and why we are doing it. I find taking the time to reflect on and record what we need and how we want to spend our time helps keep life a little more organized and balanced.
Making a mind map is something quick and easy to do each year. You can build on the one you made the previous year. It is also a fun record of your life showing how it does change from year-to-year and decade-to-decade and so do your priorities.
I like to use different colours to underline the subtitles and create clouds around each category. These steps help organize and separate all of the ideas and make the mind map look like more interesting and attractive. It is also fun to do!
I recommend hanging your priority mind map in a visible location. I used to hang it in my kitchen pantry where I could see it everyday. I now hang it in my craft room on the Fabric Memo Board: Step-By-Step Photo Tutorial that hangs just above the computer.
Another thing you can do is take a photograph of it with your smart phone and store it as a handy reminder!
Your Turn: First of all thank so much for visiting How To Mind Map Your Priorities! What are your priorities in life? How do you try to balance and juggle everything? What are your thoughts on mind mapping and using this tool to organize your priorities in life?
Recommended Reading: If you are looking for more reading about how to be more organized and create that balance in your life I recommend popping over and exploring the blog The Order Expert. Rashelle is really an expert and has written so many interesting articles and shared so many doable tips on her blog and in her e-books around this topic. I entered the word “priorities” on her site and a whole list of great titles came up. I am sure you will find something that will be of interest and give you some clarity. I just read “How To Give Yourself Time To Think” and loved the great tips and suggestions!